I am Assistant Professor at the Department of Communication and affiliate faculty with The Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies (CILAS) and The Center for U.S-Mexican Studies, University of California, San Diego.
My research uses a political economy approach and ethnographic perspective to understand the relations between tourism, space production and community development in contemporary Southern Mexico. I work across the fields of social and urban anthropology, critical geography, development and tourism studies.
I am currently writing a book tentatively titled “White Sand, Brown Bodies, and Pink Flamingos: Tourism Landscapes of Contemporary Yucatan”. This manuscript examines the socio-spatial and economic restructuring brought about by the implementation of tourism in the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, since the late 1970s. The manuscript builds on extensive ethnographic research on mainstream and alternative forms of tourism development in the region and it is informed by multi-sited, global and mobile ethnography approaches.